The good news:
Dickie is doing great at the new barn. We've been there over a month and everyone really is as nice as they seem. The barn owners have are incredibly responsive to my requests. Dickie is so happy. I didn't even realize how stressed he was. He loves his big pasture and playing with his buddies. He used to plant his feet when I would try to take him out to the pasture. Now he doesn't want to come in!! We've been enjoying the trails and he splashes through the water jump like a pro.
The bad news:
My hip has taken a quick turn for the worse. I may have had my last ride on Dickie until surgery :( I have had nagging pain for years but I was sore enough I might get hurt if he was silly.
The worst news:
My step dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May. My mom is disabled and isn't able to take him to medical appointments. He's pretty worn out so I have been driving. It has been bittersweet. I am loving getting to spend time with him. I've known him since I was little and he has been a second dad. He's an amazing person and every second we spend together is a privilege. My time and energy will be directed to my mom and Chuck for the next few months.
If you don't see me here I will be back I promise.